Jennifer Quintez's "Thrall"
You know, I’m a fan of the supernatural. I’m of the mind that anything can (and probably does) exist…even if it’s not in the way we think. Angels, demons and offspring of the two. I’ve always been fascinated with the possibility of such things, though I haven’t read many books with that premise. My latest read, Thrall (Daughters of Lilith #1) tackles the subject in an entertaining, if not familiar way.
So, Thrall has us following Braedyn, a young woman who after her 16th birthday, discovers that she is a Lilitu, a demon that feeds off the soul or life force of others (in other words, a succubus). Now, as I said before, I haven’t read many stories revolving around a character that is a succubus, but I did enjoy Quintenz’s take on the supernatural creatures. Whenever dealing with supernatural creatures such as demons and angels, there is a risk that the story will become bogged down by the religious background of these creatures. Thankfully, that’s not the case for Thrall. Quintenz focuses on characters, rather than the religious hogwash a lot of supernatural stories have. Though, that’s not to say it isn’t there, because it is; it’s just plays second fiddle to character drama and the threat of the coming war.
Speaking of character drama, there’s a lot of it in this book. Braedyn learns she’s a demon, which puts her at odds with members of the team of hunters that, well hunt and kill Lilitu, most of whom have lost a loved one to Lilitu. You can guess how having one on your team would go over with them. Not only that, but since our mc is in high school, we get a healthy dose of realistic high school drama, including jealousy, backstabbing and love. All of this was believable and took me back a few years to when I was in high school and every little thing seemed like the end of the world. Though, I’ll admit I never had to worry about an ancient war between the Daughter of Lilith and the Sons of Adam.
Thrall manages to skirt the line between cliché and unpredictable. It kept me interested with its clever approach to demons and the angel-backed hunters that are up against them, as well as the turmoil our mc faces when she tries to come to terms with what she is, and what that means to those she loves and the world as a whole. I think that one of the areas Thrall falls flat, however, is the romance between our mc and her love interest, Lucas. I just couldn’t get behind it; it felt a bit rushed and unearned. All in all though, this was a quick and enjoyable read. I’ll be picking the next one in the series to see where things go from here, because things are set in motion near the tail end of the book that piqued my interest. Plus, I’m hoping the side characters get some time to shine since they weren’t really that memorable.